No Ripcord's Scores

  • Music
For 1,790 reviews, this publication has graded:
  • 49% higher than the average critic
  • 3% same as the average critic
  • 48% lower than the average critic
On average, this publication grades 2.4 points lower than other critics. (0-100 point scale)
Average Music review score: 69
Highest review score: 100 Let England Shake
Lowest review score: 0 Scream
Score distribution:
1790 music reviews
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    OST
    That's quite a timespan, though, and it does mean that one minute you're reeling from the hormonal stench of a roomful of anguished shoegazers and the next you're surrounded by happy little Japanese girls wearing anti-gravity shoes and doing Steiner dancing with wafty pastel banners. But that's just as it should be.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    Great art must provoke or inspire you, and I’m sorry to all the folks out there “awash” in Eluvium’s dreamy “soundscapes” of pure “emotion” and “beauty”, but this record does neither.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    On this, her latest and most emotionally charged album, she's managed to create a painful outpouring of honesty, one that strikes that coveted balance of both melodic and lyrical expression; her message is equally powerful from each direction.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    The first five tracks are some of the rawest the nine-man conglomerate has ever served. But this all transpires within the first fifteen minutes of the disc. From there Pretty Toney takes a few ugly turns.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Due to awkward, clunky sequencing, Dark Days/Light Years takes longer to reveal its charms than maybe it should. Despite this, it’s still a marvellous record and evidence that despite their increasing years, Super Furry Animals are a long way from being out of ideas.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    The album definitely has its moments, and the first half is very engaging, but they lose it in the long run.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    His synth work on this record is nothing short of remarkable, and his ability as a producer is further enhanced to a level at which he has no contemporaries. Parker is a once-in-a-generation talent, and this album is conclusive evidence of it.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The listener brings just as much to this music as Stith does, which is the peculiar genius of his creation.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This is a brilliant and varied album, risky and excessive at times, yet compelling and open throughout.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    By pushing pop into the dreary without all the drab, Iron and Wine strikes a balance of truth and hope that can get muddled by a scene dominated by pessimists.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Modern Vampires of the City is nothing short of a pop music achievement, a standout album in a year full of standout albums.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    I can tell that you are dubious, but I can assure you, gentle listener – these are the goods.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It's a grower - no doubt about that.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    The album frequently descends into seemingly chaotic feedback and amp fuzz but the dirt is very much artfully, deliberately applied.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 50 Critic Score
    The Black Keys have created a record that they believe is how a rock'n'roll record should sound, but without soul or sex or genuine sweet emotion.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Dream River is probably as evocative a record as Callahan has ever made, and that really is saying a great deal when considering his extensive back catalog.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Shellac delivers a very spare and assaultive listen, 33 minutes that fly by and demand repeated listens.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 40 Critic Score
    Lyrically Wake Up The Nation is largely inscrutable, while sonically it remains a shambling and ungainly listen.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    It’s unfortunate that the familiar sound of some of these tracks, the nagging suspicion that you heard this once before, is always hiding in the background, because there’s worthy enough material here.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    There are four reasons why this album is necessary: firstly, it will make any party you happen to be soundtracking sound very clever. Secondly, following the samples and contributions will open up a whole world of modern and traditional music from the Southern Cone to you. Thirdly, both live and on stage, tracks like Pa'bailar rock a squeezebox like you've never heard. And, finally, Ry Cooder is nowhere in sight.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Route One or Die is many things--immense, joyful, weird and above all aptly titled, as you'd be hard-pressed to find another debut album released this year --British or otherwise--that sounds so completely vibrant and alive.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    In spite of the album's wilfully hard-to-stomach intensity, [it] will appeal to fans of art music of many different backgrounds.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 60 Critic Score
    What I hear is basically a mildly enjoyable set of songs, whose lackadaisical delivery and spacey major second chords could easily accompany my Sunday afternoon nap.
    • 84 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    For a debut LP that relies so heavily on a sound that is considered by some as fossilized, this is a very good effort. Urth is meticulously intricate in its more labyrinthine moments, and categorically barbarous for the rest of it.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Only one year later and we have Two Dancers an album so laden with lush densities and provocative melodies that you would be forgiven for thinking this album had taken ten years to make.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    Truly electrifying.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 90 Critic Score
    A glorious triumph.... The Decemberists deserve to become your new favourite band.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    Ekstasis abounds with originality and depth; soars and sinks; expands and implodes; evolves and dissipates; crackles and breaks all within one cohesive sound.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 70 Critic Score
    Celebration Rock's high-tempo riff rock concerns itself with energy and embraces our serendipitous run-ins with those good times worth remembering.
    • 83 Metascore
    • 80 Critic Score
    This isn’t political, but it is personal, comical, sad, satirical, intelligent and refreshingly honest.